Halloween or Halloween is a tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada the October 31 of each year. But this celebration has spread throughout the world and each country celebrates it in a different way and even in some cases it has been given its name according to its traditions.
1. Halloween in Ireland
Although everyone thinks that the celebration of Halloween is originally from the United States, the truth is that It originated in Ireland and was taken to the United States by immigrants who arrived in this country.
It is usually celebrated with bonfires, especially in remote regions where Celtic customs are strongly rooted. Children are disguised touring the houses with sor traditional trick or treat and adults organize parties with good food, treasure hunts and card games.Halloween decoration in Ireland - Still Burning / Flickr.com
2. Halloween in the United States and Canada
The celebration of Halloween in these countries is similar, the children wereFrazan, ask for candy in the houses with your trick or deal and families and friends get together to share a great meal.
As well dThey echo their homes with pumpkins, ghosts, skulls, images of spiders, black cats, monsters, witch bats and other characters associated with the night, terror and darkness.
3. Day of the Dead in Latin America.
In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated between October 31 and November 2, a tradition with different roots, but as it is celebrated on the same dates, is frequently related.
Those days sand they perform parades, altars are erected in homes and the graves of loved ones are decorated with sweets, flowers, photos, food and drinks all to remember those who are not.Day of the Dead in Mexico - JosEnrique / Flickr.com
In Guatemala, the Day of the Dead is celebrated, where the population goes to the town indigenous of Santiago Sacatepéquez, where they have a tradition of raising gigantic kites to heaven.
In Peru It is believed that on November 1the dead return to enjoy the offerings that their loved ones leave them. In cities like El Alto de Bolivia, altars are made with breads, buns and candy in the shape of dolls to honor the deceased.
4. Fet Gede or All Souls Day in Haiti
In Haiti, the Fet Gede or All Souls Day is celebrated on November 1 and 2. Days on whichpeople take to the streets dressed in red and black and walk to the cemetery to participate in a sacred voodoo rite and offer coffee, bread, peanuts, corn or rum at the foot of the crosses.
5. Masquerade Day in Costa RicaMasquerade Day, Costa Rica - Victor Quirós A / commons.wikimedia.org
On October 31, traditional Masquerade Day is celebrated in Costa Rica. It is one of the most authentic and picturesque traditions popular, where masks of different allegorical characters are used to date.
The Devil, Death, Segua, Llorona, Giganta, Polizonte, the Chingoleta or the Headless Father are just some of the masks used in this traditional Costa Rican celebration.
6. Night of Mischief or Night of the Devil in England
Although the Halloween tradition is not so widespread in England, for a few years every October 30 l is celebratedto Mischief Night (T Nightpranks) or Devil's Night. A night when people dress up, make fires, parade and fireworks.
7. Halloween in Austria
In Austria, the night ofOctober 31 is considered magical, people leave bread, water and a lit lamp on the table before going to sleep as a welcome to the souls who return to the earth.
8. Alla Dag Helgons in SwedenAlla Dag Helgons in Sweden - Konrad Karlsson / Flickr.com
Alla Dag Helgons party is the equivalent of Halloween in Sweden and it is celebrated from October 31 until November 6. The Friday before All Saints' Day on November 1 is a short day for universities, while school-age children are given a vacation day.
9. Magosto and Castanyada in Spain
Although more and more people in Spain choose to celebrate American Halloween, the festivities of Magosto and Castanyada They are the equivalent of Halloween. These parties have roots in Celtic rituals and welcome them to the month of November.
Magosto is traditional from the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula andis celebrated as a way to reunite the family and remember the deceased.
"Death is only important insofar as it makes us reflect on the value and meaning of life."
In the Basque Country the Gaztainerre is celebrated, also with the chestnut as a central part. For its part, in Catalonia celebrate the Castanyada, in which, in addition to chestnuts, panellets and malvasia are enjoyed.
10. Mahalaya in India
The Mahalaya is the equivalent of Halloween in India, although its date varies because it must match with the conjunction of the moon and the sun in Virgo.Mahalaya in India - neelsky / Shutterstock.com
In the Mahalayais prayed to invoke ancestors, worship their souls and ask for numerous wishes. Once the rite is accomplished, the Hindus remain at peace with the "beyond" the rest of the year.
As you can see, Halloween and all its variants is an extended tradition throughout the world and that, in some cases, has been born from the traditions of each particular country. You only have to enjoy this popular date, according to the customs and traditions of your country.